The People's National Party (PNP) is exploring strategies to rebuild political support with the latest RJRGleaner-Don Anderson poll showing it lagging significantly behind the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
Twenty six per cent of the respondents said they would vote for the JLP while nineteen per cent expressed a similar preference for the PNP.
PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson, responding Monday on RJR’s Beyond the Headlines, conceded that the party’s standing was “not where we would want to be.”
Undaunted nevertheless, he said the PNP was selecting candidates “at a very early stage so that we can put people in place; they can develop relationships, electors can get to know them.”
Additionally, he said, the PNP was developing a set of policies “that can act as an alternative to what exists.”
Those policy options were being discussed internally and would shortly be shared with the public, he said.
While the PNP contemplates how to reverse its fortunes in the polls, the JLP, on the other hand, is planning strategies to put further distance between itself and the opposition party.
Dr Horace Chang, JLP General Secretary, also speaking on Beyond the Headlines, speculated that “there are some voters still waiting to see the results of our programmes, which they like, but the results are not yet fully impacting on the country.”
“We are comfortable that, as our programmes take effect, we will widen that distance,” he said.